An Excuse for Murder – Vanessa Westermann

A big thank you to the author for the free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review

Finally catching up on some books from earlier in the fall – who knew that all the events for the wedding would cause such a back up in reviews (so thank you for the patience!)

AN EXCUSE FOR MURDER – Vanessa Westermann (Released March 20th, 2019)


Book Description:

As a former bodyguard, it should be easy for Gary Fenris to kill, especially when the motive is revenge. But Gary has made two mistakes in his life. The first was letting the woman he loved die on his watch. The second was thinking vengeance could bring him peace.

Local bookstore owner and amateur lock pick Kate Rowan loves nothing more than a good mystery. Her curiosity soon leads her down a trail of blackmail, obsession and death. Despite the risk – or maybe because of it – Gary finds himself drawn to Kate. When danger strikes, Gary is forced to face the fact that he used love as an excuse for murder. And he’s got one last score to settle.

My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars

AN EXCUSE FOR MURDER brings together mystery, murder, revenge, and a little bit of romance as Gary and Kate cross paths while they try to solve a murder. I’ve always been a fan of books with bookstores or libraries – I think most bookworms do – and Kate is a local bookstore owner that considers herself an amateur detective of sorts. Gary is an ex-bodyguard that blames himself for the death of the woman he loved. So, naturally, revenge is the only option.

When Kate stumbles upon a body in her Great Aunt Roselyn’s home she immediately wants to get to the bottom of what happened. She knows there’s more to it than what the police are leading on – so of course she’s going to go on her own and try to solve it herself. She crosses paths with Gary, despite being hellbent on revenge, he feels the need to keep Kate safe, whether she wants him to or not.

I really enjoyed the two characters (and the supporting ones). I think that Westermann did a good job developing them for us and getting us to connect with Kate and Gary. I will admit, it did take a little bit for that to happen for me and there was little bit of confusion at the start, but once that passed then I was invested. That’s really the only reason I took it down from the solid 4 star read the story gave us (more of a me thing than the book). Overall, if you’re looking for a good thriller with one hell of a twist at the end, then I would highly recommend this one! This was a great debut for the author and I’ll be curious to see what she comes out with next.


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